The structure committee is a citizens' group formed by the county commissioners to examine cost savings within the county.
The committee was formed in July alongside five other advisory committees, spanning forests to solid waste, that charged citizens with coming up with new ideas to the county's problems. Each member who applied to the board was then approved by the commissioners. All committee are considered public-bodies and all meetings are open to the public.
The structure committee was chiefly interested in figuring out whether departments should merge, whether some services could be cut because they are not mandated by the state, and whether internal problems, like IT issues, are costing the county money. From August to October, the committee interviewed about 60 staff (including department heads) and sent a questionnaire that was returned by 20 percent of the county's 257-strong payroll.
The structure committee itself has a wide variety of business and government experience. The members are co-chair Alan Pettit (owner Highway 101 Harley-Davidson), co-chair Jon Barton (chair of South Coast Development Council), Craig Zanni (county sheriff), Daniela Kellum (county employee and union rep), Timm Slater (executive director of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce), Laird Bryan, JJ McLeod, and Bill Marino. Commissioner Fred Messerle is the liaison between the commissioners and the committee.